Percy Jackson and The Olympians is a five-part book series written by Rick Riordan. The Percy Jackson franchise takes place in a modern world where Greek gods are real and still very much present in people’s lives. Now, that the franchise is getting rebooted with a live-action TV series on Disney+, let’s see who are the 10 strongest gods in the Percyverse.
Hera is the youngest daughter of the Titan gods, Rhea and Kronos. She is the Greek goddess of Women, Marriage, Childbirth, and Familial love. She is married to her brother, Zeus which makes her the Queen of Olympus. Hera is said to have such a temper that even her husband is afraid of her when she is angry. But, still, she seems to be caring, polite, and sympathetic at times.
She first plays a role in the third book, The Titan’s Curse, where she votes for Percy and Thalia to live. In the Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book, we learn more about Hera’s character, when is shown being violently jealous and she will stop at almost nothing for a perfect family image. In the fifth, and final book, The Last Olympian, Hera reluctantly helps the gods in the battle against Typhon.
Hermes is the Greek god of roads, travel, gymnasiums, athletes, diplomacy, orators, thieves, commerce, trade, and invention. He is best known as the messenger of the gods, and as the guide of the dead to the afterlife. Hermes is regarded as a reasonable and helpful figure, and he is very understanding of mortals. Unlike other gods, he cares a lot about his children, especially Luke.
In the second book, The Sea of Monsters, he gives Percy and his companion magical gifts that help them on their quest. This is all in the hopes that his son Luke will be back from the side of Kronos. In Titan’s Curse, he votes on keeping Percy alive. In the last books, he is crushed when Luke dies, and he is terrified by Percy’s accusations that he is responsible for Luke’s behavior, because he wasn’t a good father. All in all, Hermes is one of the most reasonable and good Olympians.
Ares is one of the Twelve Olympians and the son of Zeus and Hera. He is the Greek god of war, so he is knowledgeable in all military tactics, so he is a very dangerous enemy to have. Ares is cruel, proud, and violent, and the only thing he cares about is war and killing. Ares looks like a biker, which is appropriate because he is rarely seen without his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
He is one of the main culprits responsible for the events of the first book, The Lightning Thief. He tries to kill Percy, to start a war on Olympus. He loses to Percy, but he curses him. In The Titan’s Curse, he votes in favor of Percy’s death, and his curse from the first book comes back to haunt Percy. By the end of the series, Ares grows fond of Percy in a strange way and votes yes for Percy’s immortality so he can battle him forever.
Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, civilization, mathematics, strategy, defensive warfare, crafts, the arts, and skill. She is often a companion of heroes, and she is the patron of heroic acts. She is brilliant and disciplined, but she can be depicted as cold and calculating. Athena has a sense of justice and fairness, so she is one of the more helpful and sympathetic gods even those who had initially offended her.
In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, she is Annabeth’s mother, Annabeth is Percy’s love interest, and one of Percy’s closest friends. In the third book, when they have to put on Percy’s life on a vote, Athena votes in favor of his death. This is because she doesn’t approve of his relationship with her daughter, and she believes he will fail in his quests because of his Fatal Flaw- intense loyalty. During the last battle of the series, she navigates our heroes to victory.
Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo, and she is the Greek goddess of the hunt, archery, wilderness, animals, forests, the Moon, radiance, maidenhood, and childbirth. Artemis drives the moon chariot pulled by four golden reindeer across the sky at night. She is an extremely stoic and pragmatic deity, she enjoys the company of her followers and animals more than any others.
Just like her half-brother, Hermes, she has a great understanding and compassion for mortals. Artemis is very selfless, which is a trait almost no other Olympian possesses. She plays a big role in the third book, The Titan’s Curse. First, she helps Percy and his friends face the manticore. Secondly, she saved Annabeth by taking the sky from her. Later, she manages to force Atlas to take the sky back on his back. In the end, Artemis stands up for Percy against the other Olympians when they vote for his life.
Hephaestus is Hera’s son and the god of forges, fire, technology, craftsmen, sculptors, volcanoes, and blacksmiths. He is known to be very bitter and disappointed in life, people, and all living organism. But, of all living things and gods, he dislikes his mother the most. He holds resentment for his perfect mother because he has been deformed from birth and he never felt accepted.
Hephaestus has his first major appearance in the fourth book, The Battle of the Labyrinth when he sent Percy and his friends on a “mission” to find out who was using his favorite forge in Mount Saint Helens. He also helps Percy by hinting that a mortal was able to navigate the maze when, which helps Percy find Rachel Elizabeth Dare, the current Oracle of Delphi. By the end of the series, Hephaestus supports Percy’s wishes that all gods have to claim their demigod children by the time they turn thirteen years old.
Apollo is the Greek god of the sun, light, healing, disease, plague, music, art, poetry, archery, reason, knowledge, truth, and prophecy. He is the other part of the “twin archers”, alongside his twin sister Artemis. He drives the Sun chariot across the sky, and he carries a Golden Bow. He is the main protagonist of The Trials of Apollo series and one of the supporting characters in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Apollo is described as a typical god, arrogant, and self-centered.
But, he is also more empathetic and kind, which is best seen in The Trial of Apollo. He has an adventure with Percy Jackson and his friends in The Titan’s Curse, where he helps them to find his dear sister, Artemis. After they are successful, he votes to save Percy’s life and offers him the chance to drive his chariot and archery lessons. In the last book, he heals Annabeth and Chiron after the battle with Typhon.
Hades is the firstborn son of Kronos and Rhea, and the eldest of the Big Three. He is best known for being the king of the Underworld and the Greek God of the dead and riches. He is a solitary and independent god, but he is bitter because he wasn’t treated nicely by the other gods. Hades was left to rule the Underworld himself and didn’t have a throne on Mount Olympus, unlike other gods.
Plus, he was despised by most of his relatives. Unlike, other gods he is a very hardworking and busy god. In the first book, The Lighting Thief, Luke steals his Helm of Darkness from him, so he decides to search for it with his Furies. In the end, after a few misunderstandings, Percy and his friends manage to get the Helm of Darkness from the god of war and return it to Hades.
Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, droughts, floods, and horses. He is one of the Big Three and the son of Kronos and Rhea. He is Percy Jackson’s father. Poseidon is a good god, but he still suffers from the usual god’s weakness; stubbornness, and fearsome temper. Unlike the other gods, he cares for his children and watches over them almost always. In the first book, Poseidon claims Percy as his son.
In the second book, The Sea of Monsters, Poseidon sends his son Tyson, a Cyclops, to help Percy and his friends on their travels. In the third book, Poseidon gives the gang an important tip that Luke is indeed still alive. In the final book, The Last Olympian, Poseidon plays the most important role. He first tricks Typhon, then chains him, and finally, he strikes him with his trident, and the other gods attack as well. Then he creates a channel of water that pulls Typhon into the pits of Tartarus.
Zeus is the most powerful god among all the Olympian gods and The Big Three. Zeus is also the youngest son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea. He is the Greek god of the sky, thunder, lightning, kingship, honor, and justice. As the strongest god, and the king of gods he is very proud and commanding. But, he is not a very good example of being moral, as he constantly cheats on his wife Hera, and he has children after promising he won’t.
Zeus is responsible for kickstarting the events of the first book when he threatens Poseidon with war unless the Master Bolt is returned to him from Percy by the summer solstice. In The Titan’s Curse, he shows his soft side, as he votes for Percy’s life. In the last book, after Typhon is defeated, Zeus thanks Hades for joining the war, and Poseidon for finishing it, acknowledging that he couldn’t do it alone.